This novel, set a hundred or so years into the future, involves a doctor and a girl, as well as her family.

The doctor gives a drug to the girl to treat her. She has been falsely claimed not to be allergic to it and when she dies her impoverished family are paid for her death.

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    What are the science fiction aspect to this story? So far what you have described does not have any SF element. Was this a book, TV episode or film? How long ago did you read / see it? – Dijkgraaf May 14 '17 at 3:45
  • It's been a few years. This is definitely a book or part of one. I don't know who the author is. As for its sci-fi credentials, I think it takes place maybe a hundred years in the future. – Robert Garner May 14 '17 at 4:41
  • The checklists here might help you to remember some more details. – Valorum May 14 '17 at 7:13
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    How do you know it's dystopian? What about it made it seem futuristic? What was the girl's name? What condition was she being treated for? Why did her dying get them money? What was the Doctor's name? How did they get the money (e.g. through the courts?) Why didn't he know that she was allergic? Did he get a consent? Was this incident the main plot (e.g. spanning hundreds of pages) or just a single incident that occurred? – Valorum May 14 '17 at 7:15
  • I don't have that many details about it. I do know that people had to sign something saying that they or their children were not deathly allergic to it. They deliberately lied in order to sue the doctor for her death. The family was obviously desperate to do such a thing. It seems to me that almost everyone in the story was destitute. – Robert Garner May 14 '17 at 20:43

Could it be Marissa Meyer's Cinder?

It is set roughly 100 years into the future. There was a doctor, and also a girl who is a cyborg. The doctor injects the girl with a medicine, and then her family would get money, but the girl lies to them (the family isn't very nice). There's a lot more plot than just this. A few problems: The family is not very impoverished, but they don't give the girl many luxuries. It was a plague, but the family probably had to sign something to verify cyborgness. I don't remember anything about allergies, or plans to sue.

  • Can you provide any details the fit the points the OP remembered? – Edlothiad May 23 '17 at 10:28
  • It was a book and there was deliberate lying, plus the character similarities mentioned above – Benjamin McAvoy-Bickford May 23 '17 at 11:06

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